Growing up in Texas, I have lived most of my life in the country, so most of my summer memories have to do with fields and animals. Now I live in the city, so summer represents small areas of my yard and walks in the neighborhood.
Summer in the Country
Summer is harvest time. Green fields with large hay bales which the children enjoy climbing. Blue skies and white puffy clouds. It is mornings on the porch swing enjoying the cool breeze.
It is watering our large garden in the morning and gathering the vegetables both in the morning and in the evening. Making salsa with our fresh tomatoes, fragrant basil and mild jalapenos. Grilling chicken outdoors and having delicious BBQ sandwiches for supper along with bowls of watermelon.
It is tending to the animals, giving them fresh water and filling their food bowls. It is tending to our rose gardens in the front and back yards. Country life is beautiful! And it is full of opportunities for good stewardship.
Summer in the City
Summer is early morning walks to enjoy the sunrise and late evening walks to enjoy the sunset. It is bowls of fruit salad consisting of watermelon, cantaloupe and purple grapes. It is tending to my small rose garden on the side of the house. It is watering my daughter’s container garden and gathering the handful of cherry tomatoes, jalapenos and basil. Fresh salsa is still on the menu for it is summertime.
Summertime is harvest time.
Country summers are full of large scale harvests. City summers are full of small harvests. Both harvests represent good stewardship of our resources and the joy of walking with our Creator. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:1, 31 NASB)
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*Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is summer.